Pat Riley on the Michael Beasley Situation

Riles spoke publickly for the first time about his troubled young forward: “Riley said the goal remains for Beasley ‘to play a prominent role, a bigger role than he played last year.’ Beasley mostly was utilized as a backup power forward in 2008-09. ‘I trust the fact that this guy,’ Riley said, ‘is going to produce big numbers for you.’ Asked if he considered that feasible in the wake of Beasley’s ongoing rehab stay, one that is not scheduled to end until just before the Sept. 28 eve of training camp, Riley said, ‘I think we will find out.'”